Tai Chi


Tai Chi and Beyond

Although the Tai Chi forms seem delicate and flowing, it is a misconception to believe that Tai Chi is suitable only for seniors. When practiced accurately, it can be challenging, aerobic, and invigorating. You will gain flexibility, stamina, strength, mental sharpness, poise, and equanimity. It is a fitness system highly demanding on the physical level which also builds character and integrity

Nicholas’ classes are unique, highly disciplined yet always light-hearted. He will challenge you to grow beyond your limitations whilst carefully guiding your individual progress. Each class is filled with humor and pearls of wisdom, as well as a wealth of information on health issues and preventive medicine. There is, in equal measure, an emphasis on modern scientific research, classical philosophy, humanist culture, and ecology. Our regular practitioners treasure this practice as they watch their bodies grow stronger, more supple, and more youthful. And the heart also grows lighter and more joyful!

Beginners, all ages and body types are welcome.


Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance® Foundation 1

TJQMBB is a research-based balance training regimen designed for older adults at risk of falling and people with balance disorders. TJQMBB is the top evidence-based Fall Prevention and Balance program in the country. Decades of studies have proven that regular participation in this program can reduce the risk of multiple falls in older adults by 58% and in people with Parkinson’s by 67%.

Although its origin can be traced to the contemporary simplified 24-form Tai Ji Quan routine, TJQMBB is a significant shift in the application of Tai Ji Quan. The focus in this class moves from its historical use as a martial art or recreational activity to enhancing health by addressing common but potentially debilitating functional impairments and deficits. Like classic Tai Ji, the practice includes slow, low impact, controlled movements and body positions with coordinated breathing. The eight core movements in TJQMBB have been adapted to specifically improve the parts of your body needed for increased balance, strength, flexibility, and multi-tasking. It also helps recall, switching and reordering, cognition, breathing, mindfulness, and body awareness.  The class is tailored, therapeutic, and functional.

The program consists of 48 different sessions, divided into 4 quarters. All quarters consist of 12 classes. Optional assessment testing is available by private appointment. This is done at the beginning of Foundation 1A and at the end of Advanced 1B, to determine the student’s degree of improvement. Enrollment in advanced levels requires completion of Foundation 1A and 1B or permission of instructor.

Enrollment is open up to 3 weeks into the beginning of a class session. Registered students at any level may drop into any level below their current class for additional practice at a discounted rate.

  • Price: $120 / session *12 classes per session*. 
  • Instructor: Stephanie Prima
  • Contact: (360) 317-1448 or register at http://bit.ly/MIM-TJQMBB

Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance® Advanced 3

TJQMBB Advanced 3 is the third in the Tai Ji Quan: Moving For Better Balance® (TJQMBB) series. Completion of Foundation 1A & 1B and Advanced A is required.

In this session, we continue to challenge ourselves by practicing the 8 forms in different ways including walking with forms, navigating with forms in groups, and advanced mini-therapeutic routines. The exercises also test the student’s recall and understanding of the forms, spatial orientation, and sensory integration.

The program consists of 48 different sessions, divided into 4 quarters. All quarters consist of 12 classes. Enrollment in advanced levels requires completion of Foundation 1A and 1B or permission of instructor. Enrollment is open up to 3 weeks into the beginning of a class session only. Registered students at any level may drop into any level below their current class for a discounted rate.

  • Price: $120 / session *12 classes per session*. 
  • Instructor: Stephanie Prima
  • Contact: (360) 317-1448 or register at http://bit.ly/MIM-TJQMBB

 

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